U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) attends the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., on May 23, 2017.

Repeal of the ACA failed, now Congress must focus on fixing it

on July 21, 2017, at 9:48 a.m.
It is past time to listen to the disturbingly few reasonable Republican voices in Washington and to get to work improving the ACA, not simply trying to kill it.
Shipping containers are seen at the Port Newark Container Terminal in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. on July 2, 2009.

Maine’s lagging economy needs new ideas that can be sold outside of Maine

on July 20, 2017, at 12:08 p.m.
Companies that are lured by an area’s low cost will often leave as soon as an even lower-cost option arises.

This is Maine’s chance to start restoring its ability to look out for the public’s health

on July 19, 2017, at 2:31 p.m.
The state today lacks a key tool in its disease containment toolbox — a public health nursing program operating at full capacity.
Bayside Bowl in Portland recently installed a solar array on its roof.

Veto override needed to avoid disastrous solar energy rules

on July 18, 2017, at 12:26 p.m.
Without action from the Legislature, Maine will be stuck with rules from the Public Utilities Commission that will needlessly cost residents millions of dollars and stall solar energy generation.
Gov. Paul LePage speaks to members of the community during a drug summit at Crosspoint Church in Bangor, July 11, 2017.

What it would take for us to be encouraged by LePage’s change of heart on Narcan

on July 17, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
For a governor who has been intent on standing in the way of meaningful progress in fighting the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, the change in thinking about naloxone represents progress.
Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

2 ways Republicans, Democrats could work together on health care

on July 16, 2017, at 12:52 p.m.
Health care is more expensive here in the U.S. than it is in virtually every other country.
Barry Cook works to sort lumber at Sebasticook Lumber in St. Albans.

It’s time for Maine to stop exploiting people with disabilities as cheap labor

on July 14, 2017, at 8:19 a.m.
The subminimum wage is not the only way to ensure that people with disabilities can work.
Horses and a buggy are pictured at an Amish farm in Thorndike in this 2009 file photo.

The horse manure mess in Aroostook shouldn’t be hard to clean up

on July 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
The Maine State House

LePage, GOP claim victory for a budget full of policies they’ve long fought

on July 12, 2017, at 12:16 p.m.
While LePage and his allies celebrate a state budget that eliminates a surtax on the state’s top earners and claim victory, they’re also celebrating a budget full of policies they’ve consistently fought.
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is  considering allowing oil drilling in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument in the Gulf of Maine.

No reason to open new marine monument to oil drilling when industry doesn’t want it

on July 11, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s rationale for reviewing and likely modifying other national monument designations is concerning because it does not match reality.
A dog gets up Saturday from a brief nap on the porch at Lincoln Cottage in in Bayside Village.

Summer in Maine means houseguests, so remember the three-day rule

on July 10, 2017, at 1:28 p.m.
For some, houseguests are a touch of heaven. For others, they are like the black flies that start in early June.
Caption Local residents concerned about health care legislation gathered on the East Main Street bridge in Dover-Foxcroft on March 26.

Unexpected source says Obamacare isn’t broken — the Trump administration

on July 10, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
There’s a new source of data concluding that the ACA is working as intended, and it comes from the Trump administration itself.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Paul LePage’s at a Republican rally in Portland in November 2014.

A tale of two shutdowns: At least LePage didn’t go to the beach

on July 08, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
While Gov. Paul LePage may be a liar, he didn’t actually go to the beach while state government was shut down. Instead, he stayed in Augusta to play games.
Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls, puts his hands to his face while listening to arguments during the Senate's hearing on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta.

Maine’s 2017 shutdown lesson? Compromise, not threats, closed the deal.

on July 07, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.
Only days after LePage signed the $7 billion, two-year budget, ending the three-day shutdown, he’s already making threats about the next budget battle.
The LePage administration says it’s overhauling the way the state treats in-home child care businesses because it wants to reverse a long-term decline in their numbers.

DHHS pursues child care policies that ignore reality

on July 06, 2017, at 1:23 p.m.
DHHS owes it to Maine’s families to pursue child care policies that respond to reality — and to respect the law.
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 2017.

Trump’s tweets hide the real problem: his faltering administration

on July 05, 2017, at 11:03 a.m.
Trump isn’t, and never will be, up to the job of leading the United States.
The Collection, a painting by Barbara Ernst Prey, was painted in Maine.

Happy Independence Day

on July 03, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
Two-hundred-forty-one years ago, representatives in the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and adopted their Declaration of Independence.
House Minority Leader Ken Fredette (right), R-Newport,  watches as votes come in on a vote board during the House of Representatives vote on the state budget at the Maine State House in Augusta. Lawmakers are scurrying to avoid a state government shutdown.

Maine’s unnecessary government shutdown can end with compromise, not extortion

on July 01, 2017, at 2:17 p.m.
A budget agreement is within reach, but only if the ultimatums and threats from LePage and House Republican leaders are replaced with a commitment to serve Maine people.
House Majority Leader Erin Herbig (right), D-Belfast, turns to speak to other representatives during the first session of the 128th Legislature.

Fund group homes so Maine doesn’t abandon people with disabilities

on July 01, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
Just in the past year, 24 group homes have closed, leaving 69 people with disabilities displaced. In the next six months, another 12 homes are expecting to close, bringing the total number of people with disabilities displaced up to 109.
A generic version of Suboxone sits on the shelf at Community Pharmacies in Gorham, March 16, 2015.

Maine’s health care providers have a chance to save lives lost to opioids. It’s time they seize it.

on June 30, 2017, at 11:41 a.m.
Given the magnitude of the problem, a more consistent and effective approach is needed. This starts with doing more of what we know works.